Weird Fiction at Waterstones

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We’re delighted to welcome guest authors Christopher Priest, Gary Budden, and Aliya for an evening of readings and discussions, hosted by Dr. Helen Marshall and Marian Womack.

 

Christopher Priest began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968. He has published fourteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige, which later won the World Fantasy Award. His most recent novel The Gradual was published in 2016 by Gollancz (UK), and Titan Books (USA).

Gary Budden writes fiction and creative non-fiction about the intersections of British sub-culture, landscape, psychogeography, hidden history, nature, horror, weird fiction and more. A lot of it falls under the banner ‘landscape punk’. His work has appeared in Black StaticUnthologyYear’s Best Weird FictionThe Lonely CrowdLitroStructo, The Quietus and many more. His story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. He also co-runs the indie publisher Influx Press. His debut fiction collection, Hollow Shores, is published by Dead Ink Books in October 2017. @gary_budden www.newlexicons.com

Aliya Whiteley‘s two speculative fiction novellas, The Beauty and The Arrival of Missives, were published in the UK by Unsung Stories and have been shortlisted between them for awards including the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The Beauty will be published in the US by Titan Books in January 2018. Her short fiction has appeared in publications as diverse as Strange Horizons, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Lonely Planet, the Guardian, and Interzone. She tweets most days as @AliyaWhiteley.

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Short story collection acquired by Luna Press

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Dear Friends,

I am very happy to announce that my short story collection, Lost Objects, has been acquired by one of my favourite small presses, Luna Press Publishing, and it will be published in 2018. The press release can be read here.

I would like very much to thank the publisher at Luna Press, Francesca Tristan Barbini, for her support; I also want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to all the wonderful creative writing teachers who have always supported me and my writing, among them Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Nora Jemisin, Catherynne Valente, Gregory Frost, Sarah Burton and Jem Poster, and to everyone at Clarion UCSD and at the creative writing Master’s at Cambridge University. My fellow students in both programmes have also been supportive, and good friends and critics of my writing: you guys are getting an acknowledgements page all to yourselves!

This is a little summary of the stories:

These stories explore decaying scenarios—ghostly ruins, old university cloisters, snowed-in planets, nature itself—as fighting grounds for death and renewal. Ranging in location from Andalusia to Scotland and Siberia, these narratives—sometimes humorous, sometimes delicately gothic—bring together monstrous insects, ghostly lovers, retellings of Bluebeard, and interstellar explorers to form a coherent and touching narrative about loss and absence.